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December 2022 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk, LCSW, Northeastern District Chair

Welcome to the monthly district update of the Northeast District!

It was great seeing members at the Statewide NASW Conference, held in Lisle on November 17th! The turnout was amazing, and the conference sold out! Thanks to all the speakers and the staff for putting on such a memorable event (the first in-person conference in three years!). Our NASW Illinois Chapter will hold the virtual event on December 1st.

I am excited to announce our next CEU event scheduled for January 11th in Deerfield from 4:30 to 6:00pm, “High School’s over…now what? Independence for youth after high school.” Life after high school can be challenging for adolescents, especially those with IEPs. This workshop explores resources in Lake County and beyond to help prepare kids to transition into adulthood and independence. The resources include organizations that help youth obtain education, career and financial assistance, specific to their unique circumstances. Our presenter is Rachel Merke, Transition Coordinator for therapeutic day schools in Lake County. Rachel will share her wealth of knowledge about the resources in Lake County and beyond, and tips and tricks for helping youth prepare for life after high school. Please join us for this informative workshop at the Deerfield Public Library! You can register on the NASW website, or use this link below:

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NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair Jacki Brunk, MSW, LCSW


New Student Loan Repayment Program Launches for Community Behavioral Health Care Professionals

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has launched the application for a student loan repayment assistance program to support qualified mental health and substance abuse professionals. The Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program is designed as an incentive for recruitment and retention of those who practice in underserved or rural areas. Read more here:

Ask NASW-IL: I'm a new LSW/LCSW—do I need to start acquiring CEUs yet?

With the removal of the licensing examination as requirement for licensed social workers (LSWs) in Illinois at the beginning of the year, the state has had an unprecedented number of new licensed social workers join the profession in the first six months of this year—almost 3,000 in the first six months compared to 421 for the same time period last year. With this crop of new LSWs, many are asking themselves what they need to keep their new license as first-time licensed-holders. More specifically: Do I need to start acquiring CEUs for my first license renewal? Read more here:

NASW-IL Statement in Support of the Anjanette Young Ordinance

The National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL) stands in solidarity with and in support of Anjanette Young and the proposed legislation created in her honor, the Anjanette Young Ordinance. This ordinance would, among other requirements, ban no-knock warrants, require that officers wait at least 30 seconds during knock and announce raids to give residents a chance to open the door to their home, thus implementing common sense policy and procedural changes surrounding warrants and safeguarding the human rights of Chicago citizens. Read more here:

Other Chapter News

· Ask NASW-IL: What do I need to renew my LSW/LCSW license in 2023?

· IDFPR Waives License Restoration Fees for LCSWs through 01/01/28:

· NASW-IL Full Statement on ASWB Test Analysis:

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page:

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